Interview with Kevin Purdy

Credit to Buffalo Eats

Credit to Buffalo Eats

This week we interviewed Kevin Purdy, co-host of In Beta. Kevin gives us the lowdown on the sandwich he ate yesterday, In Beta’s beginnings, freelance writing, his work with TEDxBuffalo, and the coolest app we’ve ever seen, which he's using to get back into running.

How’s it going?

Kevin Purdy: I have a bad head cold, my oldest cat is lost somewhere a few blocks from my home (maybe), and I feel completely unprepared for next week's Google I/O coverage. But I did have grilled cheese with guacamole and bacon for lunch yesterday. That was pretty boss.

Who are you?

KP: I'm this writer who lives in Buffalo, NY, who is sometimes seen about the internet.

Where are you from?

KP: Born and raised in Baldwinsville, NY. Hey, according to that Wikipedia page, the Egg Beaters CEO is from Baldwinsville! Also?, 96.87 percent white. Huh.

Tell us a little about your podcast, In Beta.

KP: Basically, Gina Trapani has a lot of experience and insight, and I have a lot of questions and anecdotes and cultural references. And we both care a bit too much about the software and gadgets we use every day, so we try to talk it out, without having to pay separate therapy bills.

What inspired you to start a podcast?

KP: Besides Gina asking me to join up? It's the chance to "go long" on a topic or two every week, and see if I can make the discussion entertaining. Harder than it sounds when you're dealing with repositories and responsive design particulars, folks.

What do you do outside of hosting In Beta?

KP: I write—for Fast Company, for ITworld, for Buffalo Spree (a regional magazine), and a few other outlets here and there.

What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

KP: Coffee—fresh-roasted, burr-ground, Chemex-brewed coffee. I might be the biggest James Brown fan/completist in at least my area code. And I'm just always tinkering with computers and gadgets and sites. I make pretty good sandwiches, too, and I'd like to master bagels some distant day.

What projects are you working on?

KP: Lots of Buffalo stuff. I founded TEDxBuffalo, the TED-licensed independent speaking conference, and continue to work the programming side. I co-founded a downtown coworking space, CoworkBuffalo. And I'm scheming to put on an Ignite event, too. Oh, and I've got a book or two on a very slow simmer. And my home was originally a farmhouse from the 1870s, so that to-do list never returns null.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

KP: In Buffalo, we don't need reasons to enjoy summer. But I will say this: I'm starting to get back into running again, with the help of Zombies, Run!. So I'm keen to keep T-shirt-and-shorts weather around.

What are you reading this summer?

KP: The Last Fine Time, by Verlyn Klinkenborg. It is just awe-inspiring in its research and its bold prose. After that, I have to get through at least 3 different Michael Chabon books that are sitting on my desk and intimidating me.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

KP: Just saw Iron Man 3: 7/10. Other than that, not too jazzed about anything except pulling an all-day Arrested Development Netflix marathon when the new season drops.

Where can we find you on the internet?

KP: The Home page (soon to be wiped clean and rebooted with less blog-ness), Twitter: @kevinpurdy, Google+: Kevin Purdy

Thanks, Kevin. We hope you feel better and that you find your cat.

Posted on May 9, 2013 and filed under Interviews, 5by5 Hosts.